Government is considering a change in strategy towards creating a friendlier environment to enable all young people reach their potential.
The Minister of State for Youth and Children Affairs, Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi, said Cabinet has already approved a National Youth Policy (NYP) and action plan which must be implemented.
The new policy she said focuses on identifying new opportunities, which the youth can tap into with support from government to improve their livelihoods and contribute to the economic development of the country.
Nakiwala said this while addressing journalists on the planned National Youth Expo/Explosion (NYE) under the theme; "Mindset Change: A Pre-Requisite to Attaining a Middle Income Status", at Namboole Stadium.
The two day event scheduled for December 15th and 16th at Namboole is part of the event to mark the NYP launch.
Nakiwala said President Yoweri Museveni is to launch the policy at the climax of the event on December 16.
The President will also make a declaration of the years 2017 and beyond as years of magnificent youth explosion and fundamental transformation of young people's lives.
"We are going to have this explosion annually to continue engaging the youth. We shall always have those who have successfully benefited from youth livelihood programs and other successful young entrepreneurs to share their stories with others and change their mind sets" she explained.
Nakiwala said the policy aims at identifying gaps, introduce new interventions and phase out those which do not work.
She said the policy also looks at the increasing population of youth in different areas, differences in faith and culture, for better planning.
Nakiwala said the choice of the theme of the expo is based on the realization that stereotypes have to a large extent led to mind stagnation and resistance to new and progressive development options among the youth.
She said Kabaka Ronald Mutebi, the Kyabazinga of Busoga and Omukama Oyo Kabamba Iguru are expected to grace the occasion.
The expo will also involve different sessions with motivational speakers including; Dr. Annet Nabatanzi (dean faculty of sciences Makerere University), Patience Rwabwogo, Gen. Kale Kayihura (IGP), Robert Kabushenga (Vision Group CEO), Eddy Kenzo (local artiste) and youth from the diaspora among others, to inspire and encourage youth.
"We want to use this explosion to change the mind set of youth to enable them re-focus on the dynamic Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and be vanguards in total social economic and political transformation of the country," she added.
The Commissioner for Youth and Children Affairs, also organizing committee chairman for the explosion, Kyateeka Mondo said they expect over 40,000 youth to attend the event and showcase their products and innovations. The entrance and stalls are all free.
The managing director, Events Warehouse, Peter Kaggwa said they have 200 stalls for all youth entrepreneurs with anything to show case.